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Daniel Rutt Sentenced For Failing To Register For Selective Service

June 20, 1986

DETROIT (AP) _ A man who refused to register with the Selective Service for religious reasons was sentenced today to 120 days in a halfway house and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Daniel Rutt, 24, of Dearborn also was placed on two years’ probation by U.S. District Judge Philip Pratt.

Rutt was among 19 men who publicized resistence to registration by writing letters to President Reagan or to the Selective Service.

Rutt said he did not register because he was a Christian and did not believe in war.

″My beliefs are still the same and my understanding of the law is clear,″ Rutt said after the sentencing. ″I wouldn’t change anything. I’d do it exactly the same.

Rutt, a nutritionist, was indicted Jan. 20, 1983, by a federal grand jury and convicted Jan. 14, 1986.

Rutt’s attorneys had asked for probation as a sentence.

Rutt, who said he would appeal the verdict, was given a one-year sentence, with all but 120 days suspended. He would be allowed to work and return to the community corrections center at night to serve his sentence.

Registration was reinstated in 1980 under a law signed by then-President Jimmy Carter in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The law requires all male citizens and resident aliens born after Jan. 1, 1963, ad between the ages of 18 and 26 to register with Selective Service. However, no one has actually been called up for military service.